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LEWIS, John Travers, Canadian Anglican bishop, born in Garrycloyne castle, County Cork, Ireland, 20 June, 1825. He was graduated at Trinity college, Dublin, in 1847 as senior moderator in ethics and logic, and gold medalist. In July, 1848, he was made deacon, and appointed curate of Newtown Butler, County Fermanagh. He came to Canada in 1849, and was soon afterward appointed missionary at West Hawkesbury. In 1854 he became rector of St. Peter's church, Brockville, where he remained till his election, 13 July, 1861, as the first bishop of the new see of Ontario. His appointment was subsequently ratified by royal letters patent, this being the last occasion on which such were issued. He was consecrated at St. George's cathedral, Kingston, 25 March, and remained in that city, which was the seat of the diocese till 1871, when it was removed to Ottawa. Bishop Lewis was the original author and promoter of the Lambeth conferences. In November, 1885, by order of the governor-general in council, the bronze medal struck in commemoration of confederation in 1867 was presented to Bishop Lewis as an expression of appreciation of his services to the cause of literature and science. He is the author of many essays, sermons, and reviews.
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